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MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB REVISES WINTER SCHEDULE

Adapted from a Maryland Jockey Club release – TheRacingBz.com)

The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have modified the January and February live racing dates for the upcoming 2014 winter meeting at Laurel Park.

Instead of racing Thursday through Saturday during the first two months of the year, Wednesday racing will replace Friday on the schedule.  The goal, according to Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas, is to put Laurel’s racing in the most advantageous position in the simulcast marketplace.

The change was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission at its monthly meeting this afternoon.

Friday racing will be added for the final five weeks of the stand.

PIMLICO OWNER JOINS WHOA

magnastronach-Picture-courtesy-deadlysins.info_Pimlico owner Frank Stronach, leading Thoroughbred owner, breeder and proprietor of three of the industry’s most famous racing venues, has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) as a supporter of federal legislation to rid North American racing of race-day medications.

In a letter last week to WHOA, Mr. Stronach, founder of Adena Springs and one of the sport’s most successful horse owners and breeders, said, “racing can not only survive the elimination of race-day medications, but it will flourish and invigorate itself while cultivating new fans from around the world”.

The Canadian-based entrepreneur, whose company The Stronach Group owns six major race tracks, including Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and Pimlico Race Course, becomes the first major track owner to join the group of influential owners and breeders pushing for the United States and Canada to join the rest of the world’s major jurisdictions in banning all medications, including anti-bleeder medicines and painkillers, on race day.

The movement has gradually garnered support by some of the industry’s most influential owners and breeders, including many members of the Jockey Club. Stronach/ Adena Springs has won 12 Eclipse Awards, including eight as leading breeder and four as leading owner. In Canada, Stronach has been honored with Sovereign Awards nine times as leading owner and nine times as leading breeder.

TOTALLY THOROUGHBRED HORSE SHOW SATURDAY AT PIMLICO

PimTotallyTB2012The Maryland Jockey Club will host the second annual Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show on the Pimlico Race Course infield Saturday, July 13. The event is the brainchild of Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale and Stacie Clark-Rogers, manager of the Adena Springs retirement program.

The show is one of a handful for Thoroughbreds where each horse shows under its Jockey Club name. The traditional show horse typically has his name changed at the whim of its current owner.

The inaugural event, held last July, featured 800 entries and raised $16,500 for the charitable beneficiaries.

Nearly $10,000 in prize money will be paid out during Saturday’s event.

The show is part of the 2013 Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series (TASS) which is comprised of Thoroughbred horse shows in the Mid-Atlantic and a year-end awards banquet at Laurel Park.  Virginia is represented by three Thoroughbred Celebration horse shows held at the Lexington (VA) Horse Center in March, June and October.

For more information or to register your thoroughbred in advance for the show series,  go to  www.thoroughbredalliance.org go to FACEBOOK and check out Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series.

To learn more about the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred incentive program, click here.

The show starts at 9:00 a.m. and will run most of the day.  Admission is free.

That said, you could go to the horse show at Pimlico and then make it down to Colonial Downs for the Virginia Derby.  Difficult, but not impossible and much easier if you happen to have a helicopter!